Free School Meals

May Told: Stop Children Going Hungry In Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May is being urged to support a cross-party bill to stop some of Britain’s poorest children going hungry in their school holidays. The Schoo...

Children Must Be A Priority For New Government

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Whether you love politics, loathe it, or are indifferent, the outcome of last week's General Election matters. MPs decisions can have a big impact upon people's lives, including those of the children and young people we look out for at The Children's Society. So I am heartened by reports that more young people aged 18-24 voted this time.

Are Conservative Strongholds At Risk Under May's Radical Agenda?

Emily Stacey | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

If May is to win back Labour seats, which has clearly been her intention from day one of the campaign trail, she needs to be challenged by a strong Opposition, which, under Corbyn's narrative, she has yet to face.

Strong And Stable Kids Need Feeding!

Jamie Oliver | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Jamie Oliver

In the four years since it launched, The Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) policy has had a huge impact. Over 85% of children in their​ first three years of primary school now eat a healthy school lunch, compared to less than 45% in 2013. That's something to be really proud of, so why​ pull it so abruptly!?

Labour's Free School Meals Policy Will Make A Difference To The Lives Of Countless Children

Louise Regan | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Regan

It might seem odd that the subject I am writing about is free school meals, but the benefits of universal access for all children are huge, for both the health and attainment of pupils. Today, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner will announce Labour's policy to provide access to free school meals for all primary school children, and it is one I welcome.

A Third Of Teachers Are Giving Food To Children Who Are Too Hungry To Do Their Schoolwork

The Huffington Post UK | Anna Devereux | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly a third of teachers are giving food to children who are too hungry to do their schoolwork, new research has revealed. Nearly 80% of teachers...

Running on Empty: Why Food Poverty Can No Longer Be Tolerated

Jackie Brock | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK
Jackie Brock

In a developed nation, such as the UK, food poverty in this day and age is totally unacceptable. Not only does it weaken wellbeing, damage educational achievement and squander potential, but it is unjustifiable in a modern society and a country with plenty.

New Cross-Party Move To Help Poor Children In School

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Politics

A bill to automatically direct Government cash to Britain’s poorest children has won cross-party backing from more than 100 MPs. Labour MP Frank ...

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

It's Time to Make the Government's Child Poverty Strategy Count

Matthew Reed | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Child poverty is simply unacceptable and is damaging children's lives. Much more is needed to meet the government's commitment to end child poverty by 2020. By taking the actions we are calling for, the government would make a significant start towards achieving this goal and improving the lives of millions of children.

Are The Coalition At War Over Free School Meals?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws have presented a united front in relation to free school meals. The introd...

Free School Meal Plan 'Ludicrous', Says Head

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Critics of the Government's plan to offer free school meals to every five to seven-year-old have questioned the official advice to help head teachers ...

Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

'They're Talking B******s'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have accused Michael Gove's department of "lying" and "talking bollocks" as a furious turf war erupted within the coalition gove...

Lucy Sherriff

Poor Pupils 'Significantly' Less Likely To Be Admitted To Grammar Schools, Finds Report | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Poor pupils and those who receive free school meals are "significantly" less likely to be admitted to grammar schools, a study branded "disturbing" ha...

Shirley Williams: Simon Hughes Wouldn't Have Opposed Free School Meals If He Was A Dad

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

Shirley Williams has said her Lib Dem colleague Simon Hughes would not have opposed giving free school meals to schoolchildren if he had ever been a f...

Lib Dems Red Faced Over School Meals Leaflet

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Southwark Lib Dem leader Anood Al-Samerai tells HuffPost UK that the leaflet is "old" and "times have moved on". "We opposed the introducti...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We're No One's Little Brother'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 September 2013... 1) 'WE'RE NO ONE'S LITTLE BROTHER' It's Nick Clegg's big day: the Lib Dem lea...

20 Children Dead After Eating Free School Meal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

Children eating free lunches at their school in India died within hours of eating a meal of lentils, soybeans and rice. Some 20 children have died ...

Time to Make Free School Meals Available to All UK Children in Poverty

Matthew Reed | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Free school meals are an effective way to help move children out of poverty. The Children's Society estimates that, if the government made them available to all children in poverty, 100,000 of these children would be lifted out of poverty straight away.

Thousands Of Poor Families Missing Out On School Support

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Tens of thousands of England's poorest families are missing out on additional support for their children, a report into school subsidies has found. ...

'I Miss Lunch To Save Money'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children studying at college are skipping lunch as they can't afford to buy it and are not being provided with the free school meals they are entitled...

Thousands Of Poor Teens Denied Lunch Due To 'Discriminatory' Funding

PA | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A funding anomaly which has left tens of thousands of poor teenagers missing out on free lunches is to be debated by MPs. Former education secretar...